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Behold the English version of the Hobonichi Techo, one of Japan's best-selling daily planners! "Techo" comes from the Japanese words for "hand" and "notebook", and it means "planner". More than just an agenda, it is a convenient, pocket-sized companion to your daily life. Over the years, the Hobonichi Techo has become known for its functional design and thoughtful details. This English version features:

  • Tomoe River paper: This exquisite paper is ultra-thin, making it lightweight and easy to carry. Despite its thinness, the paper is remarkably resistant to ink bleedthrough.
  • Grid pattern: The graph sheet style keeps notes organized and lets you design various layouts for each page.
  • Page-per-day format: Each day gets a full page—plenty of space for planning and memory-keeping. The date range for these daily pages is January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017.
  • Monthly calendars: In this section at the front of the planner, each month is a two-page spread. The date range for this section is December 2016 to March 2018.
  • Quotations: Entertaining, inspirational quotes printed on every other page offer bits of wisdom.
  • Reference pages: Measurement tables, a printed ruler, guides to Japanese culture, and other information is conveniently available.
  • Stitch binding: With this lay-flat binding, writing in your Techo is easy and comfortable.

The Hobonichi Planner is designed as a blank canvas for documenting the small moments of everyday life. Use it as a diary, scrapbook, photo album, sketchbook, or simply as a place to record your thoughts!

For cover options, take a look at the Hobonichi Techo Planners with Covers, which come with covers designed to add functionality, style, and protection for your planner! Also, we have found that the Raymay Nilon Multi-Use Covered Notebooks and A6 Kokuyo Systemic Notebook Covers can fit this A6 Techo Planner.

Note: The manufacturer has notified us of these errors in the "A Guide to Japanese Tea" section:

  • In step 4, this is incorrect: "Drink the tea in three sips, removing the chawan from your mouth, but without putting it down." The correct wording is "Drink the tea sip by sip, without putting the chawan down."
  • For the term Wa Kei Sei Jaku, this is incorrect: "和敬静寂". The correct characters are "和敬清寂".

Also pictured: Hobonichi Techo Planner with Cover, Uni Signo UM-151 Gel Pen - Black, Midori Film Sticky Notes - Speech Bubbles, Beverly Kokosasu Film Page Markers - Arrows Dot.

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This planner is just...
September 15, 2016
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This planner is just wonderful. 2017 will be my 3rd year using the Hobonichi Techo. The paper is smooth, thin, and surprisingly tough; and the thinness allows the book to be compact considering it's a page a day. I like the fact that Saturday and Sunday do not have to share a page.

For me the *only* negative, and it's a minor one, is the quotes. To me they're a waste of real estate. The designers could get rid of the quotes and the monthly calendar and gain an inch of usable space at the bottom of the page.
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I love this planner!...
September 12, 2016
I love this planner! I was given it as a gift in 2016 with a black cover. I was in awe. The paper is so thin, but super smooth, and really does not bleed through unless you have a really wet fountain pen or marker. There is ghosting, but very little bleed through. Thinking about getting the 2017. What I can tell you is the cover is really heavy duty, and its September and mine is still in great shape, very little wear. I keep mine in the cover and leave the front of the planner out and the back in the pocket part to hold in place. When I open my cover every day, multiple times a day, you see my cards, stencils, and the front of my Hobonichi Techo Planner. I'm thinking maybe I'll get the Cousin or the Avec because I need more room on the page. I do not wet my paper other than with fountain pen ink from the pens, so it has not bulked up or anything, and the post-its/notecards/cardstocks/appointment cards, etc. that I washi tape in place have not bulked this up either. This is a wonderful planner, great for fountain pen users, just don't leave the nib in one spot for a period of time, great when using the Ain erasers from JetPens too, doesn't wrinkle the paper and erases everything. I'm seriously thinking the Cousin because its bigger.
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I just purchased my 2017,...
October 8, 2016
Verified Purchase
I just purchased my 2017, after a very good experience with my 2016 Hobo.


- versatile lay out, with a page a day plus a month on two pages
- thin but sturdy paper, with no bleed-through
- nice size for an easy, daily carry


- stock covers are clumsy and unattractive (I had a cover made as there were no good choices)
- the quotes on each page are typically inane and clutter up the page (losing those would be ideal)

The Hobo gives you wonderful quality and the basics required for any calendar/journal/diary/planner use, and provides plenty of flexibility for creativity and customization. I've tried them all and this one is a keeper.
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The Hobo became a part...
October 4, 2016
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The Hobo became a part of me this year on March, 26, and it will remain a constant companion until I expire, or they are no longer available. For whatever reason, this little gem just asks for a lot of interaction, and has many takeaways too. The daily quotes, the many different methods of organization, and using a 2B pencil on Tomoe River paper are just a few of the reasons I start every day with the Hobonichi Techo; it's part of me.
I love my Hobonichi planner....
October 4, 2016
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I love my Hobonichi planner. I love the fact that I can use my fountain pens to write in it without any bleed through.